It is always hard to choose the best movies of a decade, especially since opinions differ from one person to another. However, some movies have a stronger impact on the public than others, and it is worthwhile mentioning them. Here is a selection of the 7 best movies of the past decade.
7. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The film tells the story of John Nash, holder of the Nobel Prize for Economics, and was inspired by Sylvia Nasar’s book “A Beautiful Mind”, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. The real John Nash visited the movie’s set, and Russell Crowe said he was fascinated by how he moved his hands, and he tried to copy this in the movie. The story of John Nash, whose theories on geometry and differential equations are considered outstanding, begins in 1950, when the first signs of schizophrenia appeared in his life. Nicknamed “Phantom of the fine hall” by his students at Princeton University, where he taught mathematics, John Nash fought continuously for nine years with this relentless disease, following a very strict shock therapy. John Nash is best known for his 30-page work, written at 21 years of age, through which he proposed for the first time in economic history a viable solution for strategic non-cooperative games.
6. The Pianist (2002)
Based on the memoirs of the pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, the film presents the disturbing story of a Polish pianist. Because of his Jewish origin, during the Nazi occupation of Poland, he led a fugitive life in order to not be deported. Szpilman managed to escape the War saw ghetto and hid for a long time among ruins. Salvation came from a German officer who, impressed by his talent, instead of arresting him or even kill him, did not tell anyone where the pianist was hiding.
5. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
As Clint Eastwood said, even if the film is happening in the present, he tried to create the feeling that the story takes place in another time. It could have been the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, either way, he wanted to have a timeless look. “Million Dollar Baby was filmed in various locations in and around Los Angeles, including Venice Boardwalk, Eagle Rock and Hollywood Boulevard. The fighting scenes were filmed at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, where many professional boxing matches take place, and in several other locations around town. Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) is a 31 years old waitress that wants to do something with her life. She likes boxing and tries to convince the coach Frankie Dunn to teach her how to box. Maggie will be coached by him, after initially being turned down, and Frankie will increasingly get attach to his student and adopt her, while he does not have a great relationship with his real daughter.
4. Brokeback Mountain(2005)
“Brokeback Mountain” is the love story of two young Americans – Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) that meet in the summer of 1963 and will have a lifetime relationship, whose complications, joys and tragedies are the proof of the strength and power of love. The subject was inspired by a story of E. Annie Proulx published on October 13, 1997, in an edition of the newspaper The New Yorker. “Brokeback Mountain” is a film to be seen even out of curiosity; it is a film that has won many awards and a production that can test the public’s reaction in regard to a topic that for many people remains a taboo.
3. The Departed (2006)
” The Departed ” takes place in the southern Boston, where the Massachusetts State Police Department declared total war, meant to destroy organized crime. The goal is to end the reign of the powerful mob boss Frank Costello, attacking the mafia from the inside. A young rookie, Billy Costigan, who grew up in South Boston, is assigned to infiltrate the mob run by Costello. While Billy is working to gain Costello’s trust, another young cop who came from the streets of “Southie,” Colin Sullivan, is quickly rising in the state police department. The plot is based on a horror thriller, produced in Hong Kong called “Infernal Affairs”, which recorded a huge success in Asia, before arriving in the United States in 2004.
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Adapted from the homonymous novel by American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald, the film is a fantasy with elements of science fiction and drama, which follows the extraordinary case of Benjamin Button, a man who manages to reverse the natural process of time, being born old and rejuvenating as the years pass. The story is set in New Orleans at the end of World War I, and until the beginning of 21st century. Benjamin experiences both of love and loss, the joy of life and the bitterness of death. Brad Pitt said he was forced to spend five hours in the makeup cabin every day to look in accord to the requirements for the role. The daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Shiloh, appears in the movie as Brad and Daisy’s daughter. She was 10 months old when these scenes were filmed. The film was banned in Bhutan.
1. Avatar (2009)
“Avatar” tells the story of a war veteran named Jake, sent on a human colony on a distant planet called Pandora. The aim is to extract and use many of the numerous mineral resources of the planet. After a series of events that show him who is really right and who is wrong, Jake gets to fight with the natives Na’vi race against people. People created a technology through which they may possess native bodies, taking their control and using them as avatars. “Avatar” is the first film after Titanic that James Cameron worked on. Cameron wanted to begin work on this project since 1999, but due to the production costs, which exceeded the budget by $ 400 million, it was postponed until 2009 when he managed to resume and adapt it with special effects as he wanted them. In 1999, all production houses refused this project because it was considered very expensive.